The Color War is ON–but Gavin Guile, the only man who can fight back the darkness is losing his powers and facing demons from his past.
The Blinding Knife is the second book in Brent Weeks’s stunningly awesome Lightbringer trilogy, which he began in The Black Prism. So far both books have gotten off to a slow start, but once they kick in they are just relentlessly awesome. I feel like Weeks could benefit from a more conscientious editor but his world-building, plotting, character development, and prose style are top notch. The story ends with a helluva cliffhanger and was a fantastic ride to get there.
This is a great series and definitely tiding me over while waiting on You Know Who to tell me if R+L=J.
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2000 pages of epic fantasy set in a vaguely feudal world filled with magic and mayhem–and at the center is Kylar, a street rat turned assassin for hire who finds himself in possession of a mystical object that lets him see the guilt in people’s eyes.
I was really impressed by The Night Angel, despite some intermittently clunky writing and some derivative elements (brother-sister incest, anyone?). I definitely lost myself in the story, though books two and three never quite lived up to the excellence of the first book. And when I reached the end, I was surprised–and moved–by the way Brent Weeks chose to wrap up the story lines.
Most fascinating to me was the way in which Weeks imbued his story with unmistakably Christian elements without rehashing Lord of the Rings. And he’s no prude, either, though there were a few scenes that struck me as unnecessarily prurient. I really felt like the story had a lot to say about the nature and purpose of sacrificial love without ever being preachy or allegorical.
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